For much of their game on Tuesday night, it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers were going to beat the Utah Jazz without much trouble.
But then the Jazz surged back to life in the final moments and tied things up.
In the end, the Lakers were able to squeeze out a very tight win, thanks to the hard work of LeBron James.
James went into playoff mode a bit earlier than expected, scoring 37 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
He also scored the pivotal winning shot of the game after failing to secure a regular-time victory.
LeBron came up clutch for the Lakers vs. the Jazz 👑 pic.twitter.com/HYGDRSj0JP
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 5, 2023
This was James’ fifth game back after an absence caused by injury.
It was his best game since returning to his team.
These are the sort of numbers that fans expect to see from James during the postseason, which is now just a bit more than a week away.
While most Lakers faithful were elated to see James perform so well and score a crucial triumph for the team, there are some concerned that he is pushing himself too hard at the close of the regular season.
The 38-year-old four-time champion should reserve some of his energy for the upcoming playoffs, these fans claim.
He may get a night off on Wednesday.
It is unclear if James will play during the Lakers’ big game against the Clippers.
As much as most people hate it, load management has become very important for James during his 20th season.
Perhaps James will play in Wednesday night’s game and then take the final two games of the season off.
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